No two decoy carvers work exactly the same way, as a brief chat with five carvers at a Waterfowl Festival in Easton, Md., clearly demonstrates.
Basic Decoy Shape
Mike Smyser cuts out a basic decoy shape.
Mike Smyser displays his decoys at a show.
The Old-Fashioned Way
Ed Stough prefers to carve the old-fashioned way, using hand tools only.
Bill Schauber’s pieces are considered highly collectible.
Warren Saunders demonstrates his chopping technique at the Waterfowl Festival.
Warren Saunders’ decoys are in the style of the Ward brothers.
Hands at Work
Warren Saunders believes in the importance of passing along America’s original folk art.
Patrick Godin at work in his studio.
Black Ducks With a Drake
In 2001, Godin’s pair of black ducks with a drake mallard-black duck hybrid took first place in the World Class Shootin’ Rig category at the Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition.